Category Archives: Gifts

First Annual Christmas PJs

Here’s the deal. I’ve been absent from blogging for a few months now. I have four kids and who knows how much sleep I’ve been getting. BUT, I sewed and I took pictures of it. So, that’s what you’re getting. Somewhat cute crazy pictures of my clan in their mis-matched Christmas PJs.
Christmas PJs | Sew Thrifty {}

Christmas PJs | Sew Thrifty {}

Christmas PJs | Sew Thrifty {}
Christmas PJs | Sew Thrifty {}

Christmas PJs | Sew Thrifty {}Here’s to hoping these are the first of many annual mama-made Christmas PJs.

Merry Christmas from the Sew Thrifty crew!


Pattern: Alex and Anna PJs by Peek-a-Boo Patterns, purchased over Black Friday weekend for a discount!

Fabrics: Buffalo Plaid from Girl Charlee; green solid knit gifted from a friend, gray and black solid jersey from Target sheets.

Thrifty Baby Celebration: Baby Gifts

Have you seen all the great baby ideas so far? And today is another great one for you! Not everyone has a baby to sew for, but we can all pass along some great handmade items to friends who are having babies, right?!

Thrifty Baby Celebration | House of Estrela

Today’s guest, Magda from House of Estrela shares some ideas for gifts you can make for others. Go check them out!

(And yes, my baby GIRL is finally here! You can check out more pics of “Belle” over on Instagram).

Thrifty Baby Celebration | Sew Thrifty {}

Mystical and Marvelous Aprons {With a Giveaway!}

If you’ve been following the Sew Thrifty blog for a while, you now I love a good deal. But over the past year I’ve been more convicted on not just saving money and finding things as cheap as possible, but also making sure my money is going to a good cause and that what I’m buying is ethically made. While I can’t always know everything about a product, I strive to. And today, I’m so excited to share with you a new fabric line by Lewis & Irene that donates to the Act for Wildlife.  Since the fabric is Chinese-inspired, the proceeds go towards helping Giant and Red Pandas. And it just so happened we checked out a whole bunch of panda books at the library last week! Ok, enough rambling about how awesome this whole thing is and on to what I made!

Minshan Apron fabric from Phat Quarters {Sew Thrifty |}

(I received 1 yard of fabric from Phat Quarters for this post. All opinions are my own.)


I’ve been meaning to make my kiddos aprons for a while. **cough cough** maybe since last Valentine’s Day. Oh well, a year later and here we are. So, once I looked at all the gorgeous options in this fabric line, I knew I was going to make aprons for my little chefs. It couldn’t have been more perfect – Carpenter LOVES dragons and River has a thing for pandas right now. I’m sure she’ll change, but hey, for now I’ll take it!

Minshan Apron fabric from Phat Quarters {Sew Thrifty |} Minshan Apron fabric from Phat Quarters {Sew Thrifty |}

I used Aesthetic Nest’s tutorial and pattern, which uses 1 fat quarter for the front and 1 fat quarter for the back of the apron. (I used another fat quarter I had in my stash for the back). There is one tiny pattern piece that you cut out and then use for the pocket on the front. It really couldn’t be any easier. I did have to add a few inches to the panda fabric because I didn’t think about the direction of the print when deciding to do this project. But, I love the black band on the bottom.

Also, to make this more sew thrifty style, see those neck ribbons?! Yea, I used the ribbon that ties around Target sheets. I just so happened to have a pink one and a white one. It already had velcro attached to it, so I just did some moving around, attaching one velcro piece to the apron and viola! Free ribbon to use for the top part of the apron.

Minshan Apron fabric from Phat Quarters {Sew Thrifty |}

To bring the two aprons together, I used the panda fabric as the pocket on the dragon apron and vice versa.

Minshan Apron fabric from Phat Quarters {Sew Thrifty |}

And now, let’s get cookin’!

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And you have to go check out what everyone else made with this beautiful fabric!


What’s great is that these aprons only took me 1 fat quarter each. And so now I have 1 fat quarter each to give away to YOU! Enter below for your chance to win 1 fat quarter of red dragons and 1 fat quarter of pandas.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway recipient receives 1 unwashed fat quarter of Lucky Dragon on Red and 1 unwashed fat quarter of Panda Temple on Light Gray. Offer available only to U.S. residents. Giveaway ends February 14, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Another birthday…another pillow!

It’s starting to be a tradition for me to make my nieces pillows for their birthday. Ok, not really. I’ve only made one other pillow, but indulge me for a minute while I show off my latest creation. This one for my 4-year-old, My Little Pony-loving niece.

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It’s…..Sparkle! Not to be confused with Twilight Sparkle (who has wings and is really my niece’s favorite pony. Oops!)  It’s a little late to add the wings now.  She’s already received her gift. Maybe next time I’ll pay better attention to her favorite character’s exact name.My Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {}

I had so much fun conjuring this one up. I didn’t use a pattern (because who has a pattern for a My Little Pony pillow?!), just enlarged the image I found online and printed it on four pieces of paper. Then outlined and cut out the pony shape. I decided to connect the piece between the front and back legs to make it more of a pillow and less of a plush toy (hence the white fabric on the front to separate the legs).

My Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {}

Since I used a Target jersey sheet for the body, I had to reinforce it with stabilizer. Well…I didn’t have regular stabilizer, so I appliqued the whole thing to an old white t-shirt using this iron-on adhesive*. It might not have been the cheapest decision, but it was thriftier than going out and buying something else at that moment.
My Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {}For the eye, I appliqued a scrap of white t-shirt and painted on the black, purple, and pink features. I also painted the black eyelashes with fabric paint*.

My Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {}

The star was painted on too. I simply mixed red and white to make pink. And my kids got a lesson in color mixing at the same time. 😉My Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {}

One of my favorite parts of Sparkle is her HAIR! I was planning on using yarn, but I didn’t have any in the colors of her hair. So, I got to use my old faithful – t-shirts. A friend gave me bags of old t-shirts in every color, so I found the perfect shade of pink and already had the navy and purple cotton/spandex fabric from Girl Charlee*. In retrospect, I could have used t-shirts for all of her hair, but I do like the extra bit of spandex to make the hair curl up a bit more. All you have to do is pull the fabric, and it curls up and makes perfect pony hair.  My Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {}

Here’s the breakdown: (Much cheaper than store-bought, and it was all-USA made! Of course, it took forever, but it’s what I love to do, so I’m fine with that.)My Little Pony Pillow Cost | Sew Thrifty {}

And check out the Shopkins pillow I made earlier this year:

Zappy Microwave Shopkins Pillow | Sew Thrifty {}



Floor Cushion – Free Pattern Friday with Mae & K

Remember when I said to save all those scraps? Even the ones you can’t really do anything with? Well, today is the day I tell you why!Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty |} pattern by Living with Punks

I had plans to make this floor cushion by Living with Punks for a while (these were supposed to be Christmas presents last year), but finally I got around to it this spring.  And once I did, I immediately made another one. They are so fun!

Then when Maegen mentioned showcasing this pattern in Free Pattern Fridays, I was thrilled to show off my versions!

Free Pattern Friday at Mae & K

For my version, I ended up making it even bigger than the tutorial since I wanted to use up most of my one yard of the upholstery fabric that I had purchased. This fabric is nice. It’s one of those times where I really wanted something fun for the kids’ rooms and knew I would need to pay a bit more to get something unique and really cute. Both fabrics were about $10/yard, and I purchased a yard of each.

Not only does it match their rooms, but they both look awesome side by side in our reading nook.

Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty |} pattern by Living with Punks

And they are great for reading…Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty |} pattern by Living with Punks

Being read to….Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty |} pattern by Living with Punks

Flying on…Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty |} pattern by Living with Punks

Or throwing…Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty |} pattern by Living with Punks

And of course PILLOW FIGHTS!Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty |} pattern by Living with Punks

Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty |} pattern by Living with Punks

Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty |} pattern by Living with Punks

My secret? I filled half of them with fiberfill (that I scored at a garage sale for FREE! The lady felt bad charging me 50 cents, so she just let me have it. Thank you!) and the rest is knit scraps from all my projects. They are a bit heavy, but that might have to do with the fact that I made them quite a bit bigger and didn’t cut my fabric scraps as small as I should have. There will be a third pillow for Lioness at some point, and I plan on cutting up the scraps really well. In fact, as I finish projects, I already cut up the scraps and pile them in a bag. Then when I get ready to make her pillow, all the stuffing will be ready to go!

Here’s the breakdown:


Also be sure to check out these other two versions:

The Berry Bunch

Floor Cushion - by The Berry Bunch

Mae & K

Free-Pattern-Friday--Floor-Cushion---Mae-&-K-1w (1)

Thanks again Maegen for having me sew along with Free Pattern Friday! Be sure to stop by Mae & K to follow along each week – and link up your projects.

Floor Cushion – Free Pattern Friday with Mae & K was originally posted by Sew Thrifty.

Shopkins Pillow

Now that the big 6 year old has her birthday present, I can share what I made for her…are you ready!?


Yep, that’s a Shopkins Pillow!  Zappy Microwave! (I think…I’m learning all about these little guys from a 6 year old and her mom, so I really have no idea)


I have been convicted to not buy any plastic-y toys or clothes lately (reasoning needs to be it’s own full post), so I resorted to Etsy and my own craftiness for my niece’s birthday. I was informed that she loved Shopkins, so I had to be creative on what to make her. As I was brainstorming a shirt design, her mom made a joke about a pillow! Well, she might have been joking, but I thought that was brilliant, so it stuck. I couldn’t even think about making her a t-shirt now with an awesome microwave pillow stuck in my head. 🙂


The majority of the pillow was made from Target jersey sheets, the yellow being part of a pillowcase. The full pillow measured about 15″ wide by 9.5″ tall. Once I had the form of the pillow measured out, I appliqued on the pink and black sections. You can see in the photo above that I stitched in yellow accent stitching to make the keypad.


I was a bit nervous about painting on the “12:00.” I just don’t have a skinny brush like I should, but a toothpick came to the rescue! I just dabbed a bit in the paint and gently (slowly, carefully…) wrote out the numbers. It helped that I had marked them in chalk prior to painting. 🙂


The eyes, mouth, nose, and legs were also free-hand painted on using toothpicks and brushes.

And here’s the breakdown: